Distracted driving collisions in Sask. increasing while convictions drop
Photo speed enforcement convictions up on freeways, high-speed areas
Distracted driving has become the number one contributing factor in Saskatchewan motor vehicle crashes.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance says in 2016, distracted driving led to 42 deaths and 1,205 injuries.
"It's important to remember no text, no phone call, no tweet or Instagram post is worth a $280 fine or four points on your licence," said SGI spokesman Tyler McMurchy. "It's certainly not worth injuring someone or potentially killing someone."
McMurchy noted that unlike a blood alcohol test, it is not always easy for police to confirm whether a driver in a crash was distracted at the moment of impact.
Speed cameras reducing collisions: SGI
McMurchy said SGI is seeing fewer collisions as a result of the photo speed enforcement pilot.
"Honestly we'd be happy if no motorists got a single photo speed enforcement ticket," said McMurchy.
He said many drivers are becoming wary of school zones, where speeding tickets begin at $140 and increase with each kilometre motorists are clocked driving over the limit.